The rescue team of the German civil protection organisation @fire was able to save two people alive from several collapsed apartment blocks in the city of Kahramanmaras (Turkey) early this morning.
The 17-member search and rescue team (USAR) had set off with the two rescue dogs from Adana airport to the town of Kahramanmaras in the southern part of Anatolia on Tuesday. With part of the main communication roads destroyed, it was an arduous journey over snow-covered roads in the mountains. In the afternoon, the USAR team reached the heavily destroyed city and set up their base of operations.
Immediately, the exploration of the area and the first search and rescue measures were started. Several people were located in several collapsed apartment blocks and buildings. In the early morning hours, two people were already rescued alive from the rubble in cooperation with the local emergency services. The rescue of the other people located in the debris structures is ongoing.
@fire continues to support the operation of the Reception/Department Centre (RDC) at Adana Airport with three additional operational staff. The arriving international search and rescue teams are registered and coordinated there. The RDC is thus taking on a first important task in coordinating international aid under the banner of the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).
On Monday evening, at the request of the Turkish Embassy and in coordination with the German Foreign Office, the rescue team of the German aid organisation @fire set out from Frankfurt Airport for the Turkish earthquake region with 17 volunteer disaster relief workers and two rescue dogs.
@fire - Internationaler Katastrophenschutz Deutschland e. V. is a non-profit civil protection organization that has been providing rapid emergency aid worldwide following devastating natural disasters since 2002. Responders are specially trained in wildland firefighting (WFF) and search and rescue of buried victims after earthquakes (USAR). All of the more than 400 members are involved in national and international disaster relief on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The civil protection organization was classified as the world’s first Light USAR Team by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) in 2021 and operates according to international standards. Funding for operations, training, and equipment is primarily donor-funded.
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